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    "carry-on" and its synonyms

    Hello,

    Most of us have travelled by plane at least once in our life. Before passing Customs Control we check in our luggage and take something with us on board, usually small bags and laptops. These things are called "carry-on", this word being America, as far as I know. What other synonyms are used to talk about things taken by passengers with them on board?

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    Re: "carry-on" and its synonyms

    Hand-baggage.

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    Re: "carry-on" and its synonyms

    Do you use "carry-on" in British English?

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    Re: "carry-on" and its synonyms

    I'd say most of us use 'hand-baggage'.

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    Re: "carry-on" and its synonyms

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I'd say most of us use 'hand-baggage'.
    Or, less commonly, 'cabin baggage'.

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    Re: "carry-on" and its synonyms

    Quote Originally Posted by milan2003_07 View Post
    Do you use "carry-on" in British English?
    It is used now but it's a fairly recent usage. It is mostly used by professionals and not travellers.

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    Re: "carry-on" and its synonyms

    So the joke about the hawk who tried to check in for his flight with a dead rabbit in each talon, saying "But it said 'two carrion per passenger'" won't work in the UK?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: "carry-on" and its synonyms

    It works for me, Barb_D, but it is late on a Saturday night.

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